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ERIC Number: ED476171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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National Mythology and Its Linguistical Resources: The Bulgarian Case.
Aretov, Nikolay
This paper discusses the concept of Bulgarian national mythology, a secondary mythology that emerged around the late 18th century based on the fundamental opposition Chaos-Cosmos, near-far, up-down, good-evil, God-Satan, and human-non-human. The new mythology redefined self-images and images of the Other, the main figures, and narratives about them, creating a new version of ancestral history. This paper examines the language stereotypes and resources of self-images and images of the Other, based on 19th century Bulgarian texts. It begins by describing the problem with linguistic resources related to Bulgarian national mythology used for creating figures of the Other and for marking attitudes toward them. It discusses the existence of purism and the pursuit of international terminology and vocabulary, noting the use of Russian words and constructions by many Bulgarians. It explains that there were linguistic resources available for the development of national mythology, including the language and imagery of the Bible and the image of the mother. Bulgarians considered ancient Greek mythology a model, particularly during the time of their struggle for ecclesiastical and cultural emancipation. The presence of ancient Greek mythology in Bulgarian culture is evident in Voynikov's 1871 comedy, "Civilization Misunderstood." Three groups of characters within the comedy are clearly marked by their linguistic resources. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bulgaria